Dark chocolate: Special Rx for CFS?

BBC News has a report a couple of days ago on a pilot study conducted by Researchers from Hull York Medical School. A special dosage of dark chocolate was having a poistive effect on patients suffering from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. In fact, in the small study, two pateints actually felt enough better to return to work after a six-month absence. Professor Atkin explained:

“Dark chocolate is high in polyphenols, which have been associated with health benefits such as a reduction in blood pressure.

“Also high polyphenols appear to improve levels of serotonin in the brain, which has been linked with chronic fatigue syndrome and that may be a mechanism.”

The conclusion to this report was that, though still more research is definitely needed, there was no harm in ingesting a small amount of dark chocolate every day. This advice to be taken in moderation, of course….

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